Research into fusion is entering an exciting new era, with several large facilities aiming to achieve the crucial milestone of net energy gain.
To create sustained fusion reactions, fusion fuel must be heated to 100 million degrees. The fuel is rapidly converted to plasma, which is extremely difficult to confine and control. New international facilities using high-energy lasers and superconducting magnets are crucial steps on the way to reliable fusion energy, but there are still many challenges to overcome.
This MSc will prepare you to address these challenges. You will be introduced to the skills in computational and experimental plasma physics, and conduct cutting-edge research under the guidance of physicists at the York Plasma Institute.
You'll have unrivalled opportunities to interact with world-class international fusion scientists, making the MSc in Fusion Energy an excellent way to explore your interest in fusion and prepare for a career in this field.
Studying under many of the UK's top fusion scientists, as well as eating lunch and chatting freely with them, was exceptionally beneficial for my knowledge. The lectures were incredible, with each course designed to provide you with the most up-to-date fusion physics and engineering, including a particular emphasis on data analysis and computational modelling.Hamish, MSc Fusion Energy
Learn from internationally renowned researchers pushing the boundaries of knowledge in fusion energy
Access to state-of-the-art data analysis techniques and equipment, in purpose-built teaching, research and laboratory spaces
You'll start your studies with a series of foundation modules covering the essential plasma physics that underpins the main approaches to achieving fusion energy. With this background, you'll learn about both the magnetic and inertial confinement approaches to fusion. These topics are supported by a series of computational and data laboratories which are designed to develop your applied computational and experimental skills.
As part of Semester 2, you will engage in two intensive one-week courses, delivered by visiting expert speakers, covering the technologies and research frontiers of fusion.
The MSc culminates in a major research project where, under the supervision of world-leading physicists at the York Plasma Institute, you will conduct cutting-edge research in fusion or a related area of plasma science.
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Your final project is an open-ended investigation which you'll design, carry out and report on independently. The project will provide an opportunity for creativity and original thought, and will give access to cutting-edge fusion research.
Each project has a specific staff supervisor who will give advice and assistance as needed at regular supervisory meetings. Available projects will vary from year to year, to reflect the interests of our researchers. Recent projects have included:
It is likely that some projects will be based at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (for example, using the MAST tokamak) or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
There is also potential to undertake a project with industry.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
What attracted me most to my particular project was the opportunity to do some real hands-on science - that, and actually being able to generate a visible plasma!Michael, MSc Fusion Energy
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£12,480||£29,400|
|Part-time (2 years)
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You will be taught with a combination of lectures, problem classes, and computational and experimental lab sessions. You'll also attend two week-long intensive workshops featuring experts from outside the University, which will develop your wider understanding of fusion energy and provide opportunities to connect with leading researchers.
Most of your teaching will take place in the School of Physics & Engineering Technology and York Plasma Institute on Campus West. The majority of departments, colleges and facilities are based nearby.
Some research projects are based off-site, for example at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed with a mixture of closed- and open-book exams, essays and evaluation of your laboratory work.
The grade for your research project is based on your project notebook and final report. You'll also sit a viva on your final report: an oral exam which is excellent preparation for a research degree.
York Plasma Institute has great facilities, and offers very high-quality teaching and a greatly interactive environment where MSc students can discuss with PhD students and the academic staff.July, MSc Fusion Energy
We provide bespoke careers sessions throughout the year to help you maximise your full potential in whatever career you choose.
Many of our students are offered PhD positions following the MSc, in both fusion energy and other subject areas. They go on to doctoral studies at York, Oxford, Imperial, Strathclyde, Durham and Liverpool, among others. Other students go straight into industry, both within fusion, and in a wide array of areas outside of fusion.
|Undergraduate degree||mid-2:2 or equivalent in Physics or a related discipline.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
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|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||6.0, minimum 5.5 in each component|
|Cambridge CEFR||B2 First: 169, with no less than 162 in each component|
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|Duolingo||105, minimum 95 in all other components|
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|KITE||426-458, with 396-425 in all other components|
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|Trinity ISE III||Pass in all components|
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